Procedures are a special genre of serials, which usually air on prime-time television and are straightforward stories about police officers, detectives, doctors and other professionals. Heroes from series to series solve similar problems in a similar scenario, and viewers who turn on the TV after a hard day's work do not have to delve into the background and past of each of the heroes for a long time. We have selected eight interesting examples of the genre, which are suitable for sports, and for a trip on public transport, or just for a lazy evening on the couch.
Text: Dina Klyuchareva, author of the telegram channel One Oscar For Leo
Light detective melodrama and a great option for guilty pleasure. Former police officer Eddie Valetik (Eddie Cibrian), and now a private detective, gets an unexpected "load" in the form of the popular serial actress Sam Swift (Rachel Bilson). Barely leaving the rehab, she is already preparing for a role in a crime film and wants to learn how real bloodhounds work. Sam has been filming a police show, and to Valetik's amazement, his new partner is excellent at detective affairs, and her acting skills more than once help Eddie out in the strangest situations. Unexpectedly for himself, Valetik is imbued with sympathy for her, and from a burden, Sam quickly turns into his business partner, which, with the advent of the celebrity magnet, begins to gain momentum.
This extremely simple and predictable plot could be boring and trivial, but they take it out, firstly, the impeccable chemistry between the charming and spontaneous Bilson and the modest self-possessed Cibrian, and secondly, their cute side kicks: business assistant Sam with Asperger's syndrome and shaggy friendly geek assistant Eddie.
Forty-five-year-old John Nolan (Nathan Fillion), after a difficult divorce, decides to start life from scratch - he enters the police academy and becomes the oldest newcomer patrolman in the LAPD. Absolutely everyone around him laughs at him - from a skeptical boss to a mechanic, but sensible John is confident in his choice and really turns out to be a born policeman. He has good instincts, he easily endures bullying and tries to administer justice by legal methods, together with young classmates in the academy and their mentors.
It is possible that not everyone will be able to consider the irony of the series: just like the mature comedian Jim Carrey plays the mature comedian in "Just Kidding," so here is the mature hero Fillion, who, it would seem, has long jumped the top of his career somewhere in the second season of "Castle", plays a mature cop character surrounded by young colleagues. Fillion is the main star here, but his character does not overshadow at all, but rather successfully sets off with his calmness and sense of humor the rest of the diverse (and well-chosen) team of actors.
Chicago is on fire
The series about brave firefighters from Chicago is the brainchild of Dick Wolfe, a mastodon of American television and the creator of all kinds of procedures, from the famous Law and Order and a dozen of its spin-offs to Undercover Cops, which were shown on STS back in the 90s.
Chicago on Fire is essentially the same as Grey's Anatomy by Shonda Rhimes, only more brutal in another city: the filming of the series is sponsored by the Illinois state administration, and it is actually filmed in Chicago - unlike most on-air series, street most often filmed in Vancouver, Canada. And the rest - the same passions: the harsh and brave lieutenants Casey (Jesse Spencer from "House") and Severide (Taylor Kinney from "The Vampire Diaries") face a variety of challenges every day - saving people, risking their own lives, simultaneously dealing with problems of subordination of their subordinates and personal dramas.
According to the ratings, the very first season of "Chicago on Fire" was very successful, so the series was added over the course of a couple of years two more rather successful spin-offs "Chicago Police" and "Chicago Doctors", which now air on the same day one after another, often with triple crossovers.
Another modern version of the adventures of Sherlock Holmes, released two years after the premiere of "Sherlock" with Benedict Cumberbatch on the BBC. After recovering from drug addiction, Briton Holmes (Johnny Lee Miller) moves to New York, and his rich father hires a companion, a former surgeon, Dr. Watson (Lucy Liu), to monitor his health. Holmes, who clearly has an autistic disorder, works as a consultant for the police, and Watson, who is forced to accompany him everywhere, is gradually drawn into solving cases. With the original stories of Conan Doyle and its British namesake "Elementary" only occasionally echoes from afar, although all the key characters are present here: Brother Mycroft (played by Rhys Ivans), and Moriarty, and Mrs. Hudson.
The current seventh season will be the show's last. The secret of the series' long-term success was the persistent reluctance of the writers to mix the main characters. In an interview, the creator of the series, Rob Doherty, emphasizes that it was fundamental for him to show that the joint work of a man and a woman does not necessarily imply development in the form of a romantic relationship.
Procedural in British: one case for two episodes, a detective with a Viking face reveals the secrets of the inhabitants of the cold and uncomfortable Shetland Islands. Will appeal to those who love atmospheric detective stories like "Murder" and "The Bridge". Jimmy Perez has a personal tragedy behind him, but he is forced to investigate crimes in a small Shetland commune: the murder of an elderly woman, the disappearance of a girl many years ago, the death of a journalist in a traffic accident. Gloomy surroundings, unfriendly locals, years of mystery and incredibly picturesque British nature all come along.
Like all British TV series, Shetland is built to last and digs deeper than standard police procedures: Perez's team reveals the unsightly sides of life in a closed commune, and geography plays an important role here. Many actions of the characters are tied to their rhythm of life, and detectives have to take into account both the time it will take to get from one island to another, and genetic ties: most of the locals are relatives of each other of varying degrees of intimacy and keep in their souls for centuries and pass them on. inherited resentment and envy.
New Agent MacGyver
A remake of the eponymous American TV series of the 80s about the adventures of a young resourceful agent from the secret organization Phoenix. Charming and resourceful, Angus MacGyver is like James Bond, a military man who joined a secret agency within the US government. Armed with a deep knowledge of martial arts, world languages, applied physics, as well as wit, paper clip and gum, in each episode he, together with a loyal team of a former CIA agent and hacker, rescues the world from eccentric scientists, cunning politicians, violent terrorists and other incredible threats.
"MacGyver" should not be taken too seriously and expect something more from him than fascinating tricks and cunning plot twists when yours suddenly turns out to be a stranger (or vice versa). This is a cheerful and funny action movie full of chases, special effects, stunt tricks and testosterone - you can turn off your head while watching it, and you can start from any episode and anywhere, without missing anything in the plot.
Out of time
A story about time travelers that will delight those who are nostalgic for the TV series "Sliders" or "Quantum Leap". Insidious terrorist Garcia Flynn (Goran Visnich) breaks into a secret science base and hijacks a new time machine to change the entire American history. A trio of a military man, a professor of history (Abigail Spencer) and a scientist - a pilot of a time machine, is hastily chasing after him.In their attempts to stop Flynn, the heroes are forced to cause a "butterfly effect" and, returning in due time, find that their present has changed, the terrorist Flynn turned out to be not quite a villain, and they themselves are involuntary participants and pawns in a global conspiracy. For two seasons, the team wanders after Flynn through the brightest episodes of the past of the United States and ends up at the test of the atomic bomb, at the time of the murder of Abraham Lincoln, then at the Salem witches' trials. And then he meets with Edison, Hemingway, Marie Curie and other famous figures of American history.
Despite the dynamic and rather original plot, due to the low rating, they tried to close the series twice: first after the first season (but fans rebelled and bombarded NBC with angry letters), and then after the second. The fans did not give up and defended the right of their favorites to a worthy conclusion to their story, and in December last year the final two-hour episode was released.
Hieronymus Bosch (yes, that's right) is a detective of the Los Angeles police, a gloomy unprincipled type who is alien to admiration for authorities. He is investigating cases, at the same time being under investigation for the murder of a serial killer and trying to solve the mystery of his entire career - the incomprehensible murder of a 13-year-old boy. Bosch lacks stars from the sky - he is a down-to-earth and pragmatic, believable hero who often makes mistakes, but invariably follows his instinct, which sooner or later leads him to victory, even if you have to break a few rules or intervene in the secret struggle between the prosecutor's office and the police.
The series does not have vivid dynamics, the plot moves smoothly, but the show is distinguished by its psychologism, atmospheric soundtrack, the absence of popular genre clichés, interesting camera work and the wonderful play of Titus Welliver (he plays the main role), whose tired look and frowning, informing “I am in this I saw everything in my life”, which suits his hero the best way.
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